For Mikaela Meyer, the skills she started developing at Regis University instantly translated to an academic internship at The Washington Center. 

“Regis develops an accepting of everybody,” said Meyer, who is originally from St. Louis. “That would come into play going to networking events.“ I took advantage of it. Regis encourages an open mind. Any judgement or strong opinion you have is molded and shaped by people around you. Then you make an informed decision on that.”

For Meyer’s work in The Washington Center, an independent, nonprofit organization that serves colleges and universities around the world by providing selected students internships in Washington, she was given the 2016 Professional Growth Award. 

Meyer, who is getting her bachelor’s degree in communication and English and anticipates graduating this year, is currently applying to law schools based on her experience in Washington. 

“What would it be like if we looked and treated a person in the legal system, the way we want to be looked at,” she said. “When I’m 50-years-old, I hope to have that same outlook.”  

Earlier at The Washington Center, Meyer and a group had won the Building the Tomodachi Generation project, providing her and her team with an all-expense paid trip to Japan.

Groups were assigned a city in Japan that is still feeling the effects of the 9.0-magnitude tsunami and earthquake that struck the Tohuku region of Japan in 2011.

“This taught me you really need to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way,” she said. “Regis offers a lot of them.”

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